The Week 1 WSMP meets the following course objectives:
Apply a sociological perspective to the social world
Analyze contemporary social issues using the sociological imagination and use sociological theories and concepts to analyze everyday life.
Demonstrate the ability to identify, locate, and retrieve information related to the topics in the course.
Develop written communication skills and critical thinking skills.
Apply American Psychological Association formatting and citation style when completing course assignments.
Weekly Supplemental Material Post
1) Find and post 1 piece of supplemental material (i.e. website, article, book, video, etc – NOT wikipedia) relevant to this week’s readings (see below for more detail).
2) Post a substantive discussion question and comment to at least ONE other student’s supplemental material post, in this thread (by clicking reply)
Supplemental Material post must include:
1) a link or attachment for the supplemental material,
2) an APA formatted citation for the source of the material,
3) a brief description of the material, and
4) a discussion about why it is relevant to the week’s assigned reading – include at least 1 sociological concept (this should include identifying, defining (using the text) and then applying the sociological concept)
Initial discussion postings should be a minimum of 150 words. Each student must also respond to a minimum of 1 fellow students’ postings; each response must be at least 100 words in length.
Responses to the forums should draw on key concepts you have learned during the week’s reading, and to a lesser extent – your personal experience and opinions. I also highly encourage you to incorporate relevant supplemental material (i.e. an article, website, youtube video, etc.) NOTE: Anytime you use someone else’s ideas (i.e. a definition from the text or paraphrasing), you MUST use APA style citations.
this weeks meterial
Chapter 2 of your reading this week focuses on culture – what it is; cultural diversity and relativism; the tensions between social analysis and social reform; and the various theoretical perspectives in sociology: symbolic interactionsim, functional analysis, and conflict theory. This section also explains the differences between the different levels of social analysis – micro and macro.